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Doctor insights on: Giving The Shingles Vaccine To Kidney Transplant Recipients

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Dr. Cornelius O'leary jr
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Transplant (Definition)

In medicine: a transfer from one body or body part to another of an organ (liver, heart, lung, kidney, pancreas bowel) or tissue (hand, face, hair). The immune system fights foreign invaders (like infections) so it will reject transplants from other people (allotransplants) because they look like infections. So transplants usually require drugs to ...Read more


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Should transplant patients stay away from people with shingles vaccine?

Should transplant patients stay away from people with shingles vaccine?

Probably safe: A person who has received a shingles vaccine is not contagious unless he develops a chicken pox-like rash. If a rash develops, the vaccinated person should restrict contact w/ a transplant patient (or anyone else) if that patient is susceptible to chickenpox. If the kidney transplant patient already had chicken pox, he is not at risk. ...Read more

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Will a kidney transplant recipient be receiving one or two kidneys from a cadaver donor?

Will a kidney transplant recipient be receiving one or two kidneys from a cadaver donor?

Usually 1: Most if the time 1 kidney is transplanted. Occasionally 2 very small (pediatric) kidneys are kept connected to each other and transplanted "e bloc" - they grow quickly. Some older kidneys with low function are transplanted together (but separated) to try to provide enough function in combination. The recipient should understand and give consent (or not) in advance. ...Read more

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For what length of time can a heart and kidney transplant recipient be expected to live until?

Transplant : Transplant survival has many components. Double transplant patients are generally very sick to start with. If they are lucky and get both organs, their long term survival depends on how they tolerate the immunosuppressive therapy and the rest of their status. Expect to live is hard to say, probably expect 5 years with more possible. ...Read more

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How long can a heart and kidney transplant recipient be expected to live if the transplant is successful?

How long can a heart and kidney transplant recipient be expected to live if the transplant is successful?

No time limit: The longevity of a kidney transplant is usually about 10-15 years depending on the source and quality of the donor organ (living donor kidneys tend to last longer). Heart transplants alone previously had shorter life expectancies but with current immunosuppressive drugs and better medical management, it is not unusual to for heart transplant patients to live for much longer durations. ...Read more

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Kidney transplant recepient can receive other blood group kidney from donor whose blood group is differ from from receiver?

Kidney transplant recepient can receive other blood group kidney from donor whose blood group is differ from from receiver?

Theoretically: Yes... But it's not recommended. It would require desensitization protocols, plasmapheresis, metc, if incompatible. Compatible donor to recipient pairs don't require these protocols. ...Read more

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Where can I get the shingles vaccine?

Where can I get the shingles vaccine?

Shingles vaccine: Your pmd should be able to get this for you. ...Read more

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How frequently do you have to get the shingles vaccine?

How frequently do you have to get the shingles vaccine?

Shingles vaccine: Currently the recommendation for shingles vaccine is a single dose to those age 60 or older. However, as we have found with many other vaccines that immunity may wane with time, changes in this recommendation could occur as time goes by and we research what happens 10-20 years down the line......more to come! ...Read more

Dr. Al Hegab
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Kidney Transplant (Definition)

Kidneys anatomically require connection to an artery for blood supply, a vein for blood drainage and the bladder for urine outflow. In a transplant a healthy kidney is disconnected from its usual attachments and moved to a new location with those 3 requirements (artery, vein, bladder). This may be an auto-txp - somewhere else in your own body; or an allo-txp -from ...Read more


Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Shingles Vaccine (Definition)

The shingles vaccine protects your body from reactivation of a virus — the chickenpox (varicella-zoster) virus — that most people are exposed to during childhood. When you recover from chickenpox, the virus stays latent in your body. For unknown reasons, though, the latent virus sometimes gets reactivated years later, causing shingles. The shingles ...Read more